Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, U.K. telecom and entertainment company Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Virgin Media's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Virgin Media facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York City (1993)

Market Cap

$5.4 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.4 billion


CEO Neil Berkett (since March 2008)
CFO Eamonn O'Hare (since November 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


1-Year Return


Cash / Debt

$579.4 million / $10 billion


BT Group (NYSE:BT)
British Sky Broadcasting

CAPS Members Bearish on VMED Also Bearish on

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)

CAPS Members Bullish on VMED Also Bullish on

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 48% of the 58 All-Star members who have rated Virgin Media believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include greenwave3 and jamespeer, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, greenwave3 highlighted Virgin Media as a hazardous way to earn an income: "Balance sheet is horrible, huge debt, undercapitalized, no earnings, and yet still paying a dividend."

In a pitch from two weeks earlier, jamespeer elaborates on the stock's dark picture:

This company is destined for failure, in fact, it's doing a great job of it right now! They outsourced their entire customer services to India, to supposedly 'cut costs' but have lost almost their entire market share to [British Sky] ever since, and continue to do so every day. ... They are crippled by an enormous amount of debt, their financial management is suicidal, their products and services lag way behind the industry leaders in all aspects, and as a result they continue to struggle to turn a profit. I very much doubt they can ever make a profit, hopeless.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Apple and Starbucks are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks and Chesapeake is a choice of Inside Value. The Fool owns shares of Chesapeake. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.